Victim: Robert Williams
The accused: Jeffrey Pass

Robert_Williams

Robert Williams

Black male

Age at time: 30

Weapon: unarmed

 
Pass

Jeffrey Pass

Black male

Age at time: 35

Weapon: box cutter

Defendant photo: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Case type:
Domestic dispute

Location:
Private Property

Initiator:
Defendant

Witnesses:
Yes

Case year:
2011

Location details: defendant's ex-girlfriend's home in Brandon, Hillsborough County, on April 24, 2011

What happened: According to sheriff's report, Rebecca Cora said her ex-boyfriend, Jeffrey Pass, unlawfully entered her home and attacked Robert Williams, who was in bed with Cora, with a box cutter. Williams was injured with wounds in the neck, back, left ear and left rib cage that required sutures.

The outcome: Judge denied "stand your ground" motion, saying he found the allegations against the defendant by Cora and the victim credible. Charge of burglary was dropped and Pass pleaded guilty to aggravated battery. Defendant was sentenced to 2 years, six months in state prison.

Investigating agency: Hillsborough County Sheriff

Case decision made by: Judge

Trayvon Martin’s death became controversial because circumstances leading up to the shooting cast doubt on who was to blame. The Tampa Bay Times reviewed other “stand your ground” cases for similar circumstances. The Times relied on available information, some of which may not tell the whole story. When the situation was unclear, that was noted.

Yes No Unclear/
disputed

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?

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Was the victim armed?

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Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?

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Did the defendant pursue the victim?

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Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

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Was the defendant on his or her property?

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Did someone witness the attack?

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Was there physical evidence?

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Source: Hillsborough County Clerk of Court, April 27, 2011.

Source: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, April 24, 2011.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013